Blumenthal aids Murphy on fundraising front
Published 3:45 pm, Monday, September 10, 2012
The Senate freshman is helping with a pair of upcoming Greenwich fundraisers for Murphy, whose attempt to make the leap from the House to the upper chamber is running into a stiff headwind from a political foe Blumenthal knows all too well: Republican Linda McMahon.
Murphy, who not only trails the predominantly self-funded wrestling mogul in cash but now in the state's leading public opinion poll, will visit Blumenthal and McMahon's hometown Sept. 27 and Sept. 30.
"Chris is traveling all over the state talking to voters and he's looking forward to these events in Greenwich," said Ben Marter, a spokesman for Murphy.
Blumenthal, who survived some early speed bumps against McMahon in the 2010 Senate race that he went on to win by 12 percent points, declined to comment through a Senate aide.
The first fundraiser is an ice cream social event featuring Blumenthal at the Simmons Lane home of lawyer and Democratic activist Charlie Lee, where the price of admission will start at $100. Individual contributions to federal candidates are capped at $2,500 for the general election this cycle.
Serving on the host committee of the second fundraiser is said to be Peter Malkin, the real estate magnate, father-in-law of Blumenthal and principal owner of the Empire State Building.
Murphy's campaign would not release details on the second event, citing privacy considerations of the host.
An invitation to the event lists the host as Francisco Gonzales, whose LinkedIn profile lists him as managing director of RBC Capital Markets, a Canadian investment bank with offices in New York City and Hartford.
The event is a joint fundraiser for Murphy and fellow U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th, who, like Gonzales, once worked for investment banking giant Goldman Sachs. Tickets to the fundraiser start at $500 and go up to $5,000 to be a host.
As of late July, Murphy's campaign had raised $5.6 million and had $2.5 million left in the bank. McMahon's running tab over the course of back-to-back Senate bids is over $65 million.
Murphy's supporters have tried to make a dent in McMahon's fundraising lead by creating a pro-Murphy Super PAC called Connecticut's Future PAC. Under federal election law, the campaign and the political action committee are not allowed to coordinate.
Murphy's backers also have accused McMahon of attempting to buy the election with her personal wealth. Her campaign characterized the businesswoman's self-investment in her campaign as a virtue.
"When Linda McMahon is elected to the U.S. Senate she will be beholden to no one, unlike Chris Murphy who will have to answer to all of the big-money, special interest contributors who funded his campaign and his super PAC," said Todd Abrajano, a spokesman for McMahon.
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